Revd Fr Dr. Hyacinth Alia was born on 14th day of May, 1966 in Mbangur, Mbadede in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State to the family of Mr and Mrs Thomas Katsina Alia.
Rev. Fr Dr. Alia attended St. Francis Primary school, Agidi, Mbatiav in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State for his First School Leaving Certificate and proceeded to the then St. James Minor Seminary, Makurdi where he obtained his General Certificate in Education GCE in 1983.
In line with his desire and commitment to answer the Lord’s call as a Catholic Priest, Revd Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia gained admission to study at St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos.( affiliate of University of Ibadan ). He obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies in 1987 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sacred Theology in 1990 (affiliate of Urbaniana University,Rome).
Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia proceed to Fordham University, Bronx NY,USA for a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education (Psychology and Counseling) in 1999. He thereafter proceed to Duquesne University,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,USA in 2004 for another Master of Arts Degree in Biomedical Ethics. Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia completed his Doctorate Degree in Biomedical Ethics in the same University in 2005.
In his pastoral service to the Lord Rev. Fr Dr. Hyacinth Alia has worked in many places both home and in the diaspora, and has gained the essential experiences that have properly prepared him to serve humanity in different spheres of society human existence.
While in the land of the diaspora,Rev. Fr Dr. Hyacinth Alia served as Director of Pastoral Services,
Catholic Health Services, North Campus Lauderdale Lakes, Florida USA,during which he led and oversaw five full time contract Chaplains, provided annual development of departmental goals and budget,
coordinated Ethics Advisory Committee, assessed and planned pastoral services and programmes as well as provided short and long term counseling services.
Above that,Rev. Fr Dr. Alia served as Chaplain, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center;
Chaplain,St Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor,
Coordinator and Chaplain,Jamaica Hospital and Medical Queens, New York during which he recruited, coordinated and supervised staff of the departments as well as organised, planned and conducted spiritual services as well as participated in interdisciplinary hospital committees.
In the area of Parish work,Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia has served variously as:
- parochial vicar St John’s Parish Gboko,
- Assistant Cathedral Administrator, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral Makurdi,
- Parish Priest St Jude’s Parish Koti-Yough,
- Parochial Vicar Immaculate Conception Parish Astoria, New York,
5.Parochial Vicar Our Lady of the Cenacle Parish Richmond Hill Queens New York,
- Parish Priest St Thomas Parish Anum Makurdi,
7.Parish Priest Christ the King Parish Adi Etilo
- Rev. Fr. Alia is currently the Project Director for the proposed Catholic University Ankaa- Vandeikya of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko.
Furthermore, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia has undergone professional training courses and is a member of such bodies with certifications including:
i )Member National Association of Catholic Chaplains,
ii )Catholic Health Services System Wide Ethics * Committee and Member Broward Ethics Committee
iii ) Rev. Fr. Hycinth Alia has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Psychological Education and Development in Small Communities and Health Education and Communication: bringing HIV/AIDS Education to Benue State Nigeria.
iv ) He has also presented papers on several topics such as Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity;
Mercy Hospital Physicians Reaction to Ethics Consults as well as In Harm’s Way: Suicide and it’s impact on our Families.
The name “FATHER ALIA” rings bell in the minds of the Christian faithful particularly those of the Roman Catholic Church. The reason is simply that throughout his pastoral work, he has engaged in special healing masses for the sick and the wearied.
Father Alia’s Healing Ministry which is synonymous with his name has impacted positively on the lives of humanity as there had been testimonies of divine potency and revival on their lives. Indeed,his total commitment to this cause has further strengthened the faith of humanity in God, the Almighty.